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NRCS Conservation Outcomes Webinar Series

This monthly webinar series highlights recent outcomes, emerging opportunities, and conservation tools and data developed to assist with conservation planning and impact and efficiency assessment. The series illustrates the scope of Farm Bill conservation efforts on privately owned croplands, forests, and rangelands; documents the conservation achievements and outcomes of those efforts; and shows the utility of science-based outcomes for helping inform future conservation delivery.

These one-hour, live webinars will occur every fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) via Adobe Connect at https://nrcs.adobeconnect.com/ceap2/

Development of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF)

January 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Development of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) and Use by NRCS for Watershed Planning.

Nutrient and sediment losses from agricultural watersheds have impacts on aquatic and marine ecosystems of the U.S. Improving agricultural water quality requires planning and voluntary installation of new conservation practices through producer engagement. Practices must be selected and located to be effective based on a watershed assessment, and appropriate for each landscape and each individual farm operation. To help meet this challenge, ARS scientists in Ames, Iowa, have developed the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) to provide watershed databases and software tools that can be used to present realistic options for placement of conservation practices that can improve water quality outcomes. High resolution data on land cover, soil survey, and topography are analyzed to identify a suite of conservation practice options to reduce impacts of runoff and subsurface tile drainage on water quality. The ACPF provides watershed databases for more than 11,500 small watersheds that cover most of the U.S. Corn Belt. This webinar, presented by ARS scientists Mark D. Tomer and David E. James and moderated by CEAP-Watersheds Assessment Component Leader Lisa Duriancik, will describe the ACPF and a current NRCS project aimed to facilitate evaluation of ACPF results for selected NWQI and CEAP watersheds in 15 states.

Access the webinar at https://nrcs.adobeconnect.com/ceap2/ a few minutes before the webinar starts.

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Each webinar will be recorded and archived for later viewing on this website and the NRCS Conservation Webinar Portal.

Questions? Contact Liz Marshall at elizabeth.marshall@usda.gov

Past Webinars:

  • November 12, 3:00 p.m. ET – Linking Ecosystem Service Values to Rangeland Practices in the Central Great Plains - Archived webinar.
  • October 22, 3:00 p.m. ET – Quantifying Conservation Effects on Multiple Wetland Ecosystem Services: Understanding Tradeoffs is the Name of the Game - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, September 24, 3:00 p.m. ET – The 2017 National Resources Inventory 5-year Release, 35 Years of National Resources Monitoring - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, August 27, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes of NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife in Eastern Forests - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, July 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Quantifying Restoration Outcomes in Frequent-Fire Forests - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. ET – Tillage Management and Structural Conservation Practices: CEAP-2 Report on Changes in Adoption Rates - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, May 28, 3:00 p.m. ET – Measuring and Understanding the Effects of Conservation within Watersheds - Archived webinar.
  • Thursday, April 23, 3:00 p.m. ET – Conservation Outcomes on America’s Western Grazing Lands with NRCS’s Working Lands for Wildlife - Archived webinar.